The Lourdes High School Counseling and Guidance Office provides direct and indirect services to students and families. Counselors assist students with academic support, social and emotional development and college and career planning.
Direct services are provided through “one-on-one” student/counselor interaction and implemented through classroom instruction, individual planning, and responsive services.
Classroom Instruction/Individual Planning Core Curriculum
The guidance and counseling curriculum is delivered to all grade levels via guidance classes which meet once every 10-day cycle. These guidance classes help students create strong relationships with their peers, teachers, families and school counselors. The curriculum focuses on social-emotional health, academic development and career and vocation discernment. Students attend class meetings once a cycle during which the focus is on relationship building, recognizing anti-bullying conduct, developing respectful behavior, and empathy.
LHS counseling Direct Services by grade level:
Grade 9 - Topics include study skills, test-taking, goal setting, cyber safety, suicide prevention, chemical use prevention, course planning, career interest inventory and post-secondary planning. Students will take the NWEA test in the fall.
Grade 10 - Students will further develop their test taking skills, with specific standardized test preparation. It is in this grade level that student portfolios begin to take shape. All students participate in the ACT Aspire test.
Grade 11 - Students become familiar with tools available in choosing a college, Juniors are encouraged to meet college reps, begin college visits, and sign up for college entrance exams. Students take the PSAT test in the fall and are encouraged to take the ACT test in the winter/spring.
Grade 12 - Seniors will continue to explore their post high school options. Emphasis will be given to the college/university search, as well as applications, essays, scholarships and financial aid. Students are required to complete an education resume and senior advisory conference prior to graduation.
Designed to help students resolve academic, career, and personal/social issues and are delivered through such strategies as:
Counseling - Lourdes High School counselors will assist students in individual and/or small-group settings to help them overcome issues which could impede their achievement or success. The counseling process assists in identifying problems, causes, alternatives and possible consequences so one can make decisions and take appropriate action. Counselors are prepared to recognize and respond to student mental health crises until the student is connected to the appropriate resources. Counselors then work with the student’s therapeutic resource to provide support for success in the school environment.
Indirect services are provided by involving other responsible adults into the students counseling needs including parents, teachers, administrators, school staff, diocesan employees and Rochester community members. Indirect Services include:
Referrals - students and their parents may be directed to other resources for additional assistance, which may include academic support, career/college planning resources or mental health support.
Consultation - counselors share strategies to support student achievement with parents, teachers, and other educators within the school building. With written permission they will consult with outside agencies, medical facilities, and academic institutions.
Collaboration - LHS counselors work with other educators, parents and community to support student achievement through teaming, committee work, parent events and staff development.